The Backstory
The stories behind the image from subjects and photographers.

Picturing Ebola: Photographers Chase an Invisible Killer

The Ebola Crisis, Gulu, Uganda, 2000

With already more than 670 victims, Western Africa is battling its most serious Ebola outbreak in four decades. TIME LightBox speaks to photographers Samuel Aranda and Jodi Bieber about the challenges involved with covering such a deadly story

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Gaza Strip, Gaza City: Palestinians travel to a shelter at a UN school after evacuating their homes near the border in Gaza City on July 13, 2014. ALESSIO ROMENZI
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Innocents in the Crossfire: Alessio Romenzi’s Shocking Photographs From Gaza

The world has become used to seeing images of dead civilians caught in the crossfire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, says Italian photographer Alessio Romenzi. Yet, he believes it’s his role to bear witness for future generations

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A Master Class in Space Photography with NASA Astronaut Donald Pettit

Want to know how to take photos from space? NASA Astronaut Donald Pettit gives LightBox the lowdown.

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White Sands Missile Range—Applied Physics Laboratory
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The First Ever Photograph from Space

The first ever photo taken from space has a pretty crazy backstory involving a Nazi engineer.

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Steve McCurry Mexico City
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The Photo That Made Me: Steve McCurry, Mexico City 1972

TIME LightBox talks to Steve McCurry as part of our new series The Photo That Made Me, in which photographers tell us about the one photograph they made that they believe jump-started their career, garnered them international attention, or simply sparked an interest in photography.

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CIUDAD BOLIVAR, VENEZUELA - APRIL 2013: General vision of Vistahermosa Prison. An elevated water tank with the name of the carro "Galaxticos" illuminates the jail overnight and reminds all who are in charge. In the left, a mural with the chief of the prison, the inmate Wilmer Brizuela. (Photo by Sebastián Liste/ Reportage by Getty Images)
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NOOR Welcomes Sebastian Liste and Asim Rafiqui

Photographers Sebastian Liste and Asim Rafiqui have joined the Amsterdam-based Noor photo agency, TIME can reveal

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Behind TIME’s Smart Home Cover: Meet Artist Lori Nix

For this week’s issue of TIME, editors asked artist Lori Nix — best known for her “post-apocalyptic” dioramas — to build and shoot a model of an ideal smart home.

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J. J. Belanger—ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the University of
Southern California Libraries
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Gay Pride in the 1950s: The Photo Booth as a Safe Space

A remarkable, moving and even revolutionary image of two gay men in 1953.

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Lynsey Addario joins Reportage by Getty Images

Photojournalist Lynsey Addario, a TIME contributor and former VII Photo member, has joined the Reportage by Getty Images photo agency.

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USA. New York. Long Island. US actress Marilyn MONROE. 1955.
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On Bloomsday, Marilyn Monroe Reading Joyce’s Ulysses

Eve Arnold once photographed Marilyn Monroe reading James Joyce’s Ulysses. In a bathing suit. On Long Island.

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